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Track of the Cat ()


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Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.

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Curt Bridges
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Grace Bridges
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Gwen Williams
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Harold Bridges
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Ma Bridges
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Pa Bridges
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Arthur Bridges
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Joe Sam (as Carl Switzer)

Directed by

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William A. Wellman

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A.I. Bezzerides ... (screenplay)
 
Walter Van Tilburg Clark ... (novel)

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Robert Fellows ... producer (uncredited)
John Wayne ... producer (uncredited)

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Roy Webb

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William H. Clothier

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Fred MacDowell

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Alfred Ybarra ... (as Al Ybarra)

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Ralph S. Hurst ... (as Ralph Hurst)

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Gwen Wakeling

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George Bau ... makeup supervisor
Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Margaret Donovan ... hair stylist

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Nate H. Edwards ... production manager

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Andrew V. McLaglen ... assistant director

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Joe LaBella ... property man (as Joseph La Bella)
Harold Michelson ... illustrator (uncredited)

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Earl Crain Sr. ... sound

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Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)

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Sam Freedle ... script supervisor

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Mel Koontz ... animal trainer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle. An arrogant, pitiless son (Robert Mitchum) and a rigid pharisaic mother side against a moral eldest son and and a defeated alcoholic father while the youngest son tries to lay low, hoping against hope to persuade his family to allow him to marry a girl he has brought to visit. The girl however draws venomous condemnation and the two elder brothers set out in the midst of a violent snowstorm on a dangerous mission to kill the deadly panther. Written by Jasha

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Also Known As
  • William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat (United States)
  • William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat (United Kingdom)
  • Spur in den Bergen (Germany)
  • El rastro de la pantera (Spain)
  • Kocie slady (Poland)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia Robert Mitchum said the snowy location scenes were the hardest he had ever filmed. See more »
Goofs They say the story takes place in Aspen Colorado but when they talk about the local area they are speaking of Pyramid lake ,the Fremont expedition and Placerville witch all of them are in California. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in William Wellman (1973). See more »
Quotes Pa Bridges: Your stingy little purse of a mouth.
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